The best tables, chairs, lights: innovation and invention in design products for the home

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RotoVision, 2001 - Art - 448 pages
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Hundreds of color photographs, many taken especially for this book, reveal state-of-the-art of tables, chairs and lights as they have been distinctively interpreted by some of the most talented and accomplished designers in the world. Their work presses the boundaries of imagination, art, and design. The book shows how, during the last few decades, a shift has occurred from the manipulation of traditional materials through traditional means to the experimentation and exploration of advanced materials through advanced means. However, the use of established media (such as wood, metals and stone) had not been abandoned, merely rethought and reconfigured with imagination. The products featured here range from unique one-offs to designs with a product run of hundreds of thousands, from products made directly, without the use of preliminary drawings, to others that are the result of years of experimentation, development and the investment of large sums of money. This book features the work of designers worldwide - including those from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, Scandinavia, Spain, and the USA. The work is presented through the means of a clear, colorful coded graphic system that was developed by Mel Byars especially for RotoVision. This organizes the examples into easy-to-find categories.

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Contents

foreword
6
introduction
146
plastics and composites 71 fibers and composites
241
Copyright

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Mel Byars has taught at the Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. He is the author of numerous books on design, notably "The Design Encyclopedia" and the "Pro-Design" series of books including "50 Chairs, 50 Tables, 50 Products." He has contributed to "Graphis," "I.D.," "Interiors," "Metropolitan Home," and "Echoes" and is the editorial director of the Web site www.designzine.com

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